Pioneer Priests Graves

Pioneer Priests Graves (HMP43)

Location: Tampa, FL 33602 Hillsborough County
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N 27° 57.308', W 82° 27.461'

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Here lie the remains of five pioneer priests, the oldest known priests' graves on the West Coast of Florida. While little is known of Fr. Bayard who died in 1882, the Polish born Fr. Emil Stenzel was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York who served as Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in San Antonio, Fl. from May-September 1884.

Fr. Charles Peterson, a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine and much beloved Tampa pastor, contracted yellow fever in October 1887 and died 3 days later. Fr. Felix Swemberg quickly arrived from Orlando to provide assistance only to succumb to the disease himself within 4 days. Less than a year later, Fr. Dennis O'Sullivan, an Irish priest and former African missionary came to Tampa as pastor. 12 days later he too died of yellow fever.

The loss of a quarter of his priests to yellow fever within a year prompted Bishop Moore to bring the Jesuits back to Florida after an absence of over 300 years.
HM NumberHMP43
Year Placed2010
Placed ByDiocese of St. Petersburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 4:19pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 356608 N 3093087
Decimal Degrees27.95513333, -82.45768333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.308', W 82° 27.461'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 18.48" N, 82° 27' 27.66" W
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Area Code(s)813, 727, 305, 863
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-799 E Laurel St, Tampa FL 33602, US
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